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CNN | Jan 27, 2009

For years after his NFL career ended, Ted Johnson could barely muster the energy to leave his house. "I'd [leave to] go see my kids for maybe 15 minutes," said Johnson. "Then I would go back home and close the curtains, turn the lights off, and I'd stay in bed. That was my routine for two years. "Those were bad days."

The Star / Shelby, NC | Jan 26, 2009

Months after a fall left him almost paralyzed, Ryan Taylor is getting back into the swing of things. A substantial scar sketches across Taylor's right shoulder; no surgery can help the fractures in his back. The brain injuries could take up to a year to heal.

News 10 Now / Syracuse, NY | Jan 26, 2009

"I was told in high school that I was the laziest and least artistic student my teacher had had in 30 some years, and I agreed with her," said Jeffrey Klapprodt, with a slight chuckle. However, that lack of artistic flair disappeared four years ago last December.

South Carolina Now | Jan 26, 2009

Going without a helmet when riding a motorcycle could cost a person his life, according to two local doctors.

Time Magazine | Jan 26, 2009

Too many kids are returning to the playing field too soon after a concussion.

Jacksonville Daily News | Jan 21, 2009

One Jacksonville family has turned personal tragedy into a way to help other families. Staff Sgts. Robin and Andrew Bristow have opened their lives and their home to start the Right Hand Angels Brain Injury Support Group for individuals and families in Onslow and neighboring counties, as well as across the nation.

USA Today | Jan 21, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs promised Wednesday to slash wait times for disability claims, make educational benefits under the new GI Bill available on time, and seek out treatment for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering hidden psychological or brain-related injuries.

Scientific American | Jan 21, 2009

The biggest gains in cognitive recovery will likely result from advances in emergency room and intensive care practices such as slowing the brain’s metabolism by cooling the body, removing part of the skull to relieve intracranial pressure, and injecting an experimental polymer “glue” to repair damaged brain cells. | Jan 21, 2009

Last October, a 17-year-old Montclair, NJ, linebacker collapsed following a routine tackle. A month earlier, he had sustained a mild concussion but had recovered and been cleared to play. This time, though, when he stood up on the field, he collapsed again. He died three days later of an acute brain hemorrhage. Fortunately, such disasters are rare.

US News & World Report | Jan 12, 2009

Headache frequency and severity caused by traumatic brain injury might signal cognitive deficits, suggests a new study of Iraq war veterans. Reduced sense of smell might also signal need for testing, expert says.

WAVY-TV, Portsmouth,VA | Jan 12, 2009

A Norfolk woman tased by Norfolk Police has filed a five-million dollar lawsuit in Norfolk Circuit Court. Attorneys for Pamela Brown, better known as the "hula-hoop lady," say her arrest was not justified. Brown was tasered repeatedly by a Norfolk Police officer despite her pleas that her medical condition prevented her from complying with his demands.

Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA | Jan 12, 2009

Nicholas Cavalier should have spent the past six months waxing down his surfboard and hitting the waves. Instead the 22-year-old local spent most of that time in a hospital bed, blinded by a senseless act and suffering from a traumatic brain injury, limited mobility, and a fierce longing to be out in the surf again.

WCCO, Minneapolis, MN | Jan 12, 2009

It's something we all look forward to when winter rolls around, but often forget to be careful about when we get to the top of the hill. This past weekend, Hennepin County Medical Center had so many sledding-related injuries they issued a safety warning about the sport.

Jackson Sun, TN | Jan 12, 2009

They call it the silent disability, said Laura Mills. As brain injury services coordinator for 20 counties and support group facilitator, Mills has heard poignant testimonies and witnessed brave struggles.

National Anemia Action Council | Jan 12, 2009

Although liberal blood transfusion has become a standard means of treating anemia in brain-injured intensive care patients, recent data has shown that transfusion could be associated with increased mortality and composite complications including multi-organ failure. The findings in this article are of particular interest in the management of traumatic brain injury (TBI), since they focus on anemia and transfusions.

The Dallas Morning News | Jan 12, 2009

Police Officer Kevin Schmidt walks with a little stiffness these days, and he admits to lingering pain in his shoulder. But the 37-year-old Flower Mound police officer isn't complaining after surviving a horrific on-duty motorcycle accident 18 months ago that nearly claimed his life.

MSNBC | Jan 5, 2009

As the Clemson Tigers and Cornhuskers get ready to go head to head, there will be 10 wounded veterans in the stadium trading in their fatigues for red and white or orange and purple.

ABC-2 News | Jan 5, 2009

The American College of Emergency Physicians in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised the clinical guidelines for mild brain injuries.  It is expected to lead to better patient outcomes for the more than one million patients who visit the emergency department every year for traumatic brain injury or concussion.

Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee, Wisconsin | Jan 5, 2009

Each day, they sit with him quietly at the Brain Injury Rehab Center of Milwaukee. There, Ken and Patti Hock spend time with their son Ryan Hock who cannot respond to their words of reassurance except for an occasional, labored thumbs-up. Ryan, 24, suffered traumatic brain injury when a driver who had been drinking and using amphetamines struck his car head-on in late July in Waukesha County, authorities say.

The New York Times | Jan 5, 2009

When Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger sustained at least the third concussion of his career on Sunday and was carried off on a stretcher, endangering his availability for his team’s first playoff game on Jan. 11, he was whisked not just to a local hospital but straight into Pittsburgh’s notable history with brain injuries.

The Chicago Tribune | Jan 5, 2009

Rush University Medical Center is one of 11 health-care facilities in the United States and Canada that will share a $4.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify the most effective rehabilitation therapies for traumatic brain injuries. The five-year study will collect detailed records on more than 2,300 patients nationwide who have suffered moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.

Psychiatric News | Jan 5, 2009

Traumatic brain injury, the hallmark wound of the war in Iraq, may cause a number of neurological and psychiatric disorders, but more prospective research is needed to understand its long-term effects, a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) reported in December 2008.

Kenosha News | Jan 5, 2009

For Ronnie Reilly and Nicole Schroeder, and especially for Carmen, life will always be divided into two parts — before the accident, and after. Before, there was Carmen — just turned five and looking forward to kindergarten. Both a daredevil and a girlie girl, she was pushing bigger boys off a hilltop playing king of the mountain one minute, painting her nails a glossy pink the next. And there is Carmen after, silent, motionless, the quiet workings of her brain a mystery, both a source of intense worry and a source of hope to her parents. | Dec 29, 2008

A civilian orthopedic surgeon who has seen servicemembers’ sacrifices firsthand said he believes the nation owes them a debt of gratitude, and that he’ll bring techniques he saw in the military health system to his own practice. | Dec 29, 2008

When the neurologist told Nelida Bagley her son wouldn't survive his brain injury, all she could do was scream.

The Daily News Tribune | Dec 29, 2008

Randy Dippolito has a doctorate in mathematics and a genius-level IQ, but still needs help tying his shoes.

The New York Times | Dec 29, 2008

The former president of a company that refurbished sports equipment for hundreds of school districts pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Newark on Monday to charges that included failure to conduct proper tests on thousands of youth football helmets.

The Boston Globe | Dec 29, 2008

On March 11, 2002, a freak accident on an airport shuttle bus changed Peggi Robart's life in an instant. A piece of ceiling or sign — Robart doesn't know which, since she has no memory of what happened — came loose, hitting her on the head and knocking her unconscious.

Rocklin & Roseville Today | Dec 22, 2008

Betty Bacalu has been a trailblazer. She is the director of Community Clubhouse for Brain Injury, of Akron, Ohio, one of only 15 "clubhouses" in the nation for people with traumatic brain injury.

News 8 Austin | Dec 22, 2008

A brain injury is not just traumatizing for the patient. It's also extremely hard on the family. Tracy Porter found out just how difficult the journey of recovery was when her son suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2004.

DOTmed News | Dec 22, 2008

The NIH has awarded a $4.3 million grant to 11 healthcare facilities in the U.S. and Canada to identify optimal rehabilitation therapies for people with traumatic brain injuries.

MIT Technology Review | Dec 22, 2008

In April, the Technology Review ran a feature exploring the new epidemic of brain injuries in U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the scientists racing to understand the often invisible wounds. One of the central questions — still unanswered — is whether mild brain injuries, undetectable with traditional brain scans, have a long-term impact, especially if caused by repeated traumas. Scientists are making progress using new brain-imaging technologies to find and monitor these subtle injuries.

Cordis News, Brussels, Belgium | Dec 22, 2008

Scientists in Italy and Switzerland have demonstrated that carbon nanotubes improve nerve responsiveness, potentially making them good candidates for the design of 'smart materials' for biomedical applications such as brain repair.

The Denver Post | Dec 15, 2008

For years, the estimated 100,000 people in Colorado living with a traumatic brain injury have had to navigate through the state's services for the disabled without a centralized contact point to help guide them. That changed Monday when Gov. Bill Ritter signed an executive order requiring 11 state agencies to collaborate on their efforts to help brain injury patients.

Washington Technology | Dec 15, 2008

Troops or veterans in remote areas could receive treatment for psychological and traumatic brain injury from mobile units equipped with sophisticated tele-medicine technology if a vision of the Departments of Defense becomes a reality.

San Jose Mercury News, CA | Dec 15, 2008

A fractured fibula, two broken ribs, a concussion, some nasty road rash — and no recollection of exactly how it all happened. This was the situation Gaylia Osterlund found herself in after a violent crash during the bike leg of the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October 2007.

CBS Sports | Dec 15, 2008

Given the affinity for Mixed Martial Arts exhibited by armed forces members, holding a fundraiser to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund seemed like a no-brainer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).The UFC mission on the night of the event was twofold: raise money to help build a trauma and recovery center for veterans suffering from severe brain injuries, and provide a few hours of entertainment for US soldiers on active duty at Fort Bragg, many of whom have served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brain Injury Association of Canada | Dec 15, 2008

The Brain Injury Association of Canada salutes a recent policy requiring all of BC Hockey’s minor hockey coaches and on-ice personnel to wear a Canadian Standards Association approved helmet during all BC Hockey sanctioned events.

Runners Web | Dec 15, 2008

This past November, two young men recovering from TBI reached their goal of crossing the New York City Marathon finish line. Participation in the race was part of their recovery program at The Brain Injury Day Treatment Program at NYU's Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, celebrating its 30th Anniversary of helping trainees reach their goals and improve quality of life.

El Paso Times | Dec 15, 2008

The view from the front entrance of Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation is stunning. Not 30 feet away, a towering wall of jagged, craggy rock juts from the southern tip of the Franklin Mountains. The patients on the other side of that door face an even bigger climb. They are stroke sufferers and crime victims, war veterans, and car-crash survivors. To some degree or another, they have trouble walking, talking, and interacting with others.

The Chronicle Herald, Canada | Dec 15, 2008

A documentary takes an intimate look into Capt. Trevor Greene’s courageous recovery from an horrific axe attack in Afghanistan.

Global Security | Dec 8, 2008

A new National Guard database could improve long-term medical treatment for servicemembers in all branches, and boost research into traumatic brain injury and other health issues.

Medill Reports, Washington, DC | Dec 8, 2008

Chances are you don’t remember where you were on October 20, 2005. Army Sgt. Brian Pearce knows where he was, but he can’t remember anything about it. That Tuesday, Pearce was struck by a roadside bomb.

WRCB-TV, Chattanooga, TN | Dec 8, 2008

Saul Raisin a brain injury survivor says "Looking back 2 1/2 years ago I was in a hospital bed, I couldn't move the left side of my body, I couldn't feel myself from here down." The doctors had prepared Saul's parents for the worse after a cycling accident in France.

Science Alert, Australia and New Zealand | Dec 8, 2008

Many people in regional Australia struggle to cope and to do the things they want to do following brain injury, according to a major research study from Charles Sturt University and the South West Brain Injury Rehabilitation Service, part of the NSW Greater Southern Area Health Service.

Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN | Dec 8, 2008

A long-awaited government report is calling on the military to test all new recruits for cognitive skills and then do large-scale studies of returning combat veterans to better evaluate and respond to traumatic brain injury, the signature wound of the Iraq war

NWA News, Northwest Arkansas | Dec 8, 2008

Imagine a giant puzzle, one that took 37 years to complete. Now picture that puzzle struck by a lightning bolt, the pieces scattered and singed within a flash. Welcome to the life of Debbie Whicker.

Naples Daily News | Dec 8, 2008

The cause can be as simple as a loose extension cord on the floor, clutter near a high traffic hallway, or poor lighting. But the effect can be tragic for a senior — a fall that turns deadly.

KSEE 24 News, Fresno | Dec 1, 2008

Part 1 of this series showed what doctors must do immediately following a traumatic brain injury to provide the best chances for recovery. Part 2 introduces viewers to the people who are continuing to recover, even years after their brain injury.

KSEE 24 News, Fresno | Dec 1, 2008

A life-changing injury can be caused by a blow or jolt to the head. Those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury know it can be devastating, to the patients and their family members.

San Antonio Express News | Dec 1, 2008

A video of the explosion showed grass flattening under the force of an invisible shock wave, swelling in advance of the fireball that scorched the crash-test dummy. That same shock wave rolls up inside a soldier's helmet, which actually may focus the wave's force and increase the risk of brain injury.

Utica Observer-Dispatch | Dec 1, 2008

It was a July afternoon when Corey Roberts, done with summer school for the day, decided to skateboard with friends near the intersection of Erie Street and Kellogg Avenue. But as Roberts, on his way to see a friend, approached the intersection, he lost control of his board and collided with an oncoming car.

Wichita Eagle | Dec 1, 2008

Track coach Pat Becher knew immediately when he saw Chase Kear that something was wrong. In 24 years of coaching, the head coach at Hutchinson Community College had never witnessed anything like what was happening on the turf in front of him.

Keizert Times | Dec 1, 2008

Forget stopwatches. Athletes at McNary High School are undergoing a different type of testing. Winter athletes are sitting behind a computer for up to 25 minutes to answer questions and test reflexes that determine baselines in how different parts of their brain functions normally. Later, if the student suffers a concussion, baseline comparisons are used to determine extent of any head injury.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 1, 2008

Dr. Ross Fletcher, chief of staff of the VA Medical Center in Washington DC, asked a recent patient, a war veteran, how many times he had been exposed to the blast of an improvised explosive device. Answer: about 11. To review the veteran’s medical history, Fletcher didn’t need to consult a bulky file of paper documents.  On his computer screen was VA’s medical record system and the display for this patient showed a small blue flag in the upper right corner with the words “Remote Data Available.”

Associated Press | Dec 1, 2008

Some 15,000 soldiers are heading home to this sprawling base after spending more than a year at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and military health officials are bracing for a surge in brain injuries and psychological problems among those troops.

Palm Beach Post | Dec 1, 2008

Daniel O'Neal slides sideways into his seat in classroom TL 104 at Palm Beach Community College: sunglasses hooked in the collar of his Tommy Hilfiger shirt, three-ring binder with the words "Keys to Success" on the spine, and a half-dollar-size spot on the back of his head where more scalp shows than hair. That's where the roadside bomb got him.

Stars and Stripes | Dec 1, 2008

Soldiers deploying from Europe will now be required to take a cognition test that establishes a baseline measurement in case they experience a traumatic brain injury while deployed.

National Defense magazine | Nov 24, 2008

Sitting in a chair with goggles strapped on, the subject peered out into a virtual battle zone. He was driving down a dusty Iraqi highway. It was dusk. There was one humvee ahead and a fellow Marine riding shotgun next to him. Virtual Iraq, developed at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, is one of two programs being used by the U.S. military to help victims overcome the sometimes debilitating effects of post traumatic stress disorder.

Army Times | Nov 24, 2008

Spc. Glenn Barker is trying to recover after suffering a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq, the death of his 15-year-old son earlier this year, and flood damage that left his home uninhabitable. | Nov 24, 2008

On first glance, Jared Goodman and Jonathan Wang seem more the high school honor athletes they are than veteran scientists who have spent several years in the laboratory coming up with a way to treat someone who has suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The Camp Pendleton Scout | Nov 24, 2008

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton’s new Neurotrauma Center focuses on the tracking and treatment of marines and sailors who suffered a traumatic brain injury.

CBC.CA | Nov 24, 2008

Professional sports players are often viewed as overpaid and under-worked. But after the glory is gone, little is reported about the physical toll the game takes. the fifth estate investigates why professional football players have a life expectancy that is at least 20 years less than that of the general population. Read article and watch video special.

The News Tribune, Tacoma, Washington | Nov 24, 2008

A mild traumatic brain injury can be frustrating. Patients often look normal but can have a wide range of symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, irritability, and memory loss.  Concussive blasts from roadside bombs have made mild TBI the signature injury of the Iraq war. And officials at Madigan Army Medical Center at Fort Lewis showed two new techniques Wednesday to help patients deal with the injuries.

The Bakersfield Californian | Nov 24, 2008

The gunshot wound to her arm is now a scar. From the outside, the injuries she suffered when her Army convoy came under attack in Iraq in 2005 seem to be healed. But inside, it's a different story.

MedGadget | Nov 24, 2008

The MIT Technology Review is profiling three new imaging modalities that can help physicians diagnose mild brain damage that is typically invisible to standard CT and MRI scans.

Science Daily | Nov 24, 2008

People who have lost the ability to interpret emotion after a severe brain injury can regain this vital social skill by being re-educated to read body language, facial expressions, and voice tone in others, according to a new study.

The Muskegon Chronicle | Nov 17, 2008

On Nov. 25, 2006, U.S. Army Pfc. Jason Carten of Muskegon single-handedly held off the Iraqi enemy in one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods, allowing his comrades to successfully rescue a wounded American soldier.

News Virginian | Nov 17, 2008

With Virginia already eighth in the nation in the number of veterans living here, the commonwealth can expect that number to increase by more than 50,000 in the next 20 years, according to the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.

McGill Daily, Montreal | Nov 17, 2008

More than half of the homeless population has suffered traumatic brain injury in their lifetime, and approximately 70 percent of these injuries occurred before the incidence of homelessness, according to a new Toronto-based study.

The New York Times | Nov 17, 2008

Deuce is a chocolate Labrador retriever who knows exactly which patients at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington give the best treats, said his owner, Harvey Naranjo. Both he and Deuce are part of the Military Advanced Training Center, a department at Walter Reed that cares for severely disabled veterans.

The New York Times | Nov 17, 2008

As the number of people with severe disabilities, debilitating chronic diseases, and terminal illnesses grows, concern about their care has focused primarily on long-term care facilities, nursing homes, home health aides, and hospices. Relatively little official attention has been paid to those who provide the overwhelming bulk of services for people, both young and old, who are unable to care for themselves.

ABC News | Nov 17, 2008

Bob Woodruff reports on America's Heroes at Work, a new program that addresses the challenges of returning veterans.

US Air Force | Nov 17, 2008

The 3rd Medical Group on Alaska's Elmendorf Air Force Base currently houses the Air Force's only Traumatic Brain Injury Center where they've seen and treated more than 1,500 patients and typically see more patients than the average practitioner.

Today Show, MSNBC | Nov 17, 2008

I remember the first time I met Patrick and Vanessa Donohue. It was the summer of 2005. I was working at a television station in New York City, and my managing editor said, "We have a shaken baby. A newborn. Looks like the baby sitter. Go check it out."

The Canadian Press | Nov 17, 2008

The Canadian Forces are not tracking how many of their soldiers are suffering from service-related hearing loss and traumatic brain trauma, two of the so-called signature injuries of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Unlike the British and American militaries, which have better means of tracking conditions affecting their troops, the Canadian Forces have yet to implement computerized programs that can digitally compile information and point to any trends for certain injuries.

USA Today | Nov 17, 2008

Scientists are coming up with new ways to detect mild traumatic brain injury and treat it, according to research presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, DC

MIT Technology Review | Nov 17, 2008

Developing new treatments for brain injury has been notoriously difficult. Perhaps, new research suggests, scientists have been targeting the wrong kind of brain cells. Two studies presented Sunday at the Society for Neurosciences conference in Washington, DC, show that astroglial cells, a type of brain cell traditionally thought to support neurons, may provide an important target for new therapies.

Psychiatric Times | Nov 10, 2008

Our returning military veterans remind us dramatically of the importance to consider traumatic brain injury as a potential comorbid illness in cases of posttraumatic stress disorder. The common causes of comorbid TBI and PTSD are assault and battery to the head, head trauma (personal or work-related injuries), civilian or military explosions, inflicted head trauma in children, motor vehicle accidents, and suicide attempts by jumping. Prevalence figures for comorbid TBI and PTSD historically have been lacking. This article discusses the association between TBI and PTSD with a review of the possible mechanisms that link TBI and PTSD. Strategies for assessing and treating PTSD are also provided.

The Plain Dealer/ | Nov 10, 2008

Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has the potential to complicate any study of traumatic brain injury because of the difficulty of teasing apart the symptoms of the two.

The Plain Dealer/ | Nov 10, 2008

Many soldiers, thanks largely to improvements in body armor, are able to stand up and dust themselves off after a roadside bomb explodes. Though they may seem unscathed, researchers are finding that many soldiers suffer a mild traumatic brain injury from the force of the blast, and if their brains don't get time to recover, the next explosion will be much harder to walk away from.

Chico News & Review | Nov 10, 2008

Terry McGowan is an intelligent, capable man with the vocabulary of a college professor. Listening to him talk, you’d never know he has dealt with traumatic brain injury since he was 9 months old.

Medical Laboratory World | Nov 10, 2008

A computer researcher at the University of Portsmouth (England) has invented a groundbreaking system that could offer hope to brain injury patients who have been left unable to communicate.

Health Central | Nov 10, 2008

Very young children who sustain a head injury may be more likely to be diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder later, researchers report. The head injury is not a cause of ADHD, but rather a result of excessive risk-taking, according to the paper published in the Nov. 8 online edition of the British Medical Journal. | Nov 10, 2008

The Defense Department is investigating new treatments as part of a focused, sustained campaign to assist wounded warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Air Force Link | Nov 10, 2008

The San Antonio Military Medical Center Hyperbaric Center and the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine received funding to study the effects of hyperbaric oxygen therapy on mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries.

Herald Sun, Melbourne City, Australia | Nov 10, 2008

The same drug that gives cheating cyclists an unfair advantage will be used in Melbourne hospitals in a world-first attempt to save people who have been in accident or who have been assaulted from severe brain damage.

Sports Illustrated | Nov 10, 2008

There were two moments of pin-drop silence on a recent Saturday afternoon at Ridgewood (N.J.) High's football field. The first was when several hundred heads bowed in memory of Ryne Dougherty, a junior Montclair linebacker who died recently; he had suffered a brain hemorrhage while making a tackle in a JV game, less than a month after suffering a concussion in practice. The second came when senior quarterback Luke Iovine had scrambled toward the right sideline as a wave of Ridgewood defenders washed over him, one of them putting a helmet right on his. Iovine lay motionless on the grass, a faint streak of maroon paint splashed across his white helmet.

The Hartford Courant | Nov 10, 2008

Occasionally, Teresa Trojanowski thinks about what might have been, about whether her son, T.J., might have played hockey or football, or about when he would have gotten his driving license or had a first date. But those hopes for a normal life for her son barely had time to root before T.J. was profoundly injured at 28 days old, with 85 percent of his brain damaged. The cause? He was severely shaken as an infant by his father.

Star Bulletin, Honolulu | Nov 10, 2008

A scenic Big Island drive 31/2 years ago ended tragically for a Washington couple when they rounded a bend on Kawaihae Road to find a drunken driver coming at them in their lane. Dr. Wade Justice, a neuroradiologist, is still fighting his way back to a normal life after near-fatal injuries.

Gaston Gazette, North Carolina | Nov 10, 2008

East Gaston senior linebacker Chris Williams returned home this week after a serious head injury. Three other football players in North Carolina weren't as fortunate.

The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA | Nov 10, 2008

Bret DiFrancesco bears unseen scars of war. “I don’t sleep much anymore,” the specialist stationed at Fort Lewis said. “Just a couple of hours if I’m lucky.” DiFrancesco, 29, also is recovering from an injury that disrupted his sense of balance. At the worst point of his injury, jogging led to motion sickness and staircases became nightmares.

The New York Times | Nov 10, 2008

Kevin Blanchard's freshman year at George Washington University was unlike anybody else’s on campus. Crowded classrooms routinely sent him into a panic. Cubicles triggered tunnel vision. He felt alienated from the 18-year-olds around him and their antics. His leg throbbed as he wandered the campus, trying to remember where to go. His concentration whipsawed and the words he read in textbooks slipped easily from his memory, the result of a mild traumatic brain injury.

Herald Sun, Melbourne City, Australia | Nov 10, 2008

Police are still hunting for thugs who gate-crashed a Halloween party and "king-hit" a teenager, who later died from a serious brain injury.

USA Today | Oct 28, 2008

Post-traumatic stress disorder, once a poorly understood and little-known mental health problem, is turning up on the public's radar a lot more as growing numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seek treatment for the illness.

The Ledger-Enquirer | Oct 28, 2008

Marshall Dial sits at the picnic table and slides packages of chocolate wafers and licorice sticks to his friend, a fellow Iraq war veteran. “They didn’t have MoonPies,” Dial says. His friend looks at the packages without expression. He doesn’t open them. He and Dial both have traumatic brain injuries caused by roadside bombs, and both suffer post-traumatic stress.

The London Free Press | Oct 28, 2008

Repeated kicks to the head changed the life of Jamie Fairles in 2005. The 28-year-old University of Western Ontario graduate dreamed of a career in the film business -- or perhaps teaching -- before he was brutally assaulted. The incident lasted a few minutes, but left Fairles with a lifetime of consequences.

The Seattle Times | Oct 28, 2008

CindyLou Romberg, of Port Angeles, suffers from a rare condition called Foreign Accent Syndrome, which makes her sound like she has a European accent. She'll be featured in an episode of the Discovery Health Channel's "Mystery ER" show.

San Francisco Business Times | Oct 22, 2008

A national research group based at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and headed by a UC San Francisco faculty member has won a $6 million biomedical technology grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will be used to improve equipment used to diagnose and track neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and traumatic brain injuries.

EmaxHealth | Oct 22, 2008

Three-and-a-half years ago, Wade Justice, a radiologist and leader in the medical community, suffered a TBI when he was hit by a drunk driver. He was told he would never practice medicine again, but later became a teacher. "I always felt I had an inclination for teaching but never had the time to pursue it. It's like I've been picked up from the ashes like a phoenix and been reborn," he said.